McDonald's was the very best treat that a kid could have. Going to get some chicken McNuggets, then hanging out in the Play Place was the highlight of any week. Well, in the 90s you could bring that experience home with you. That's right, you could eat McDonald's in your home, perfect for the true fast food lover! Just what every mom wants!
You might be wondering what kind of set up your mini McDonald's would have. Well, lucky for you, there was essentially all the parts you need to have your own franchise (sort of)! I mean, nothing was made with the real meat or fries so you probably couldn't charge the full amount, but you could feed some kids some great fake food!
There were eight sets in total and all are pretty crazy.
- McDonald's Pie Maker
- McDonald's Cookie Maker
- McDonald's Chicken Nugget Maker
- McDonald's Frozen Fruit Maker
- McDonald's Shake Maker
- McDonald's Drink Fountain
- McDonald's Fry Maker
- McDonald's Hamburger Maker
That is a lot of different options, but what did they all do? Let's get into it!
McDonald's Pie Maker
You use bread, applesauce and cinnamon and sugar and then use the little press machine and boom, a "pie". They came with little boxes and everything! If you want to watch videos of how you can actually use them you can find the Pie Maker here.
McDonald's Cookie Maker
So this is made with peanut butter, graham crackers and then some Nesquick. So you mix all the things together, and then you have to cut them out with the mold and top them with the chocolate. It's all a little bizarre but if you want to see how it's made you can click here or watch the video compilation at the end.
McDonald's Chicken McNugget Maker
Each product comes with a list of recipes so you can make things with food you can find in the pantry. These "Chicken McNuggets" aren't made with chicken at all, they are cereal grinded up and combined with bread and dipped into honey. So you essentially make nugget shapes out of bread, then you dip them in the "fryer" (water and honey) and then you roll them in the cereal crumbs. See the full directions here.
McDonald's Frozen Fruit Snack Maker
So you essentially are squishing together some fruits into a little smoothie, and then add sprinkles on top, because why not. I guess it's a good way to get kids to eat fruit. You can see how it's done here or watch the video at the end.
Wow. This is a lot to take in, but honestly the craziness is just getting started. You have to see the hamburgers, they are pretty creepy. Check out the next page for the rest of the kit!
McDonald's Drink Maker
Because your kids want special drinks with their happy meals obviously! So they had different recipes, this one says that you mix apple juice with cherry Koolaid. Does that sound good to you? You can get some of the recipes here and see how it all works.
Mcdonald's Shake Maker
Because who wants real ice cream when they can use Cool Whip? Some of the recipes use pudding or yogurt, and are flavored with chocolate powder, so it doesn't really sound ideal but kids apparently loved it. You can check it out here.
McDonald's Fry Maker
McDonald's fries are obviously the best part about the Happy Meal right? Well, think again because these are essentially NOTHING like the wonderful fries you can get there. They are made of bread that gets pulled into little slices that makes your fry shapes. You can toast them, or add some powdered cheese. or vanilla pudding... because that sounds like a choice? You can see the recipes here.
McDonald's Hamburger Maker
The look of this is just a whole lot. It's made with peanut butter, cereal, chocolate powder, icing, and fruit roll-ups. Yum? (No, not yum.) You can watch the whole thing get made here and learn what the recipe is.
So, when you combine all of this together you will have one super fancy (and probably disgusting) Happy Meal. Did you have one of these when you were a kid? Some of these pieces are selling on eBay for around $200, so maybe you could sell your old one to someone who just really wants this set.
Watch the entire process below or check out all the individual links to see each process in full. It's kind of weird to see what kids used to think was fun. I wonder if having this as a kid would be an asset in a job interview?